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Born and raised in the hills of southwest Missouri. 

Lives in the heart of Baltimore, Maryland.

Dave White is a playwright, director, scholar, and Associate Professor at Towson University. His scholarship focuses on playwriting, new work development, storytelling, and oral tradition.

Dave’s research has taken him on several fellowships to Slovakia, Poland, and Russia, including a Likhachev Cultural Fellowship in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2014.  Dave’s directing work has been seen on the academic and professional levels in theaters from New York to Carlsbad, California.  Dave has presented workshops and research at national and international conferences and festivals including: New Russian Drama Conference in Austin, Texas; Bridges: Art, Architecture, Music, and Mathematics in Coimbra, Portugal; Lyubimovka Playwrights Festival in Moscow, Russia; and the Festival of American Culture in Tashkent Uzbekistan. He has developed new works at ATHE, KCACTF, Towson Theatre Lab, WordBRIDGE Playwrights Lab (as Artistic Director), and at the O’Neill (as Literary Manager).  Dave’s plays have been presented in theaters in Colorado, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, South Carolina, Texas, West Virginia; and ArtFaq in Moscow, Russia.  His most recent work Dance on Bones: a jazz libretto for actors and musicians has been developed and performed at Chesapeake Arts Center, Boston Conservatory, Towson University, Charlestown Working Theatre, and the Ilkhom Theatre in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Education: B.A., New College in Sarasota, Florida; M.A., University of Missouri-Kansas City; Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia.


Associate Professor and Coordinator of Theatre Studies, Towson University, 2007 – Present.

  • Click here for more information on scholarship, research interests, and teaching.


  • Click here for more information on original plays, adaptations and translations.


  • Click here for more information on directing projects.



  • Artistic Director, WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory, 2006 – 2012.   Click here for more information on WordBRIDGE.
  • Literary Manager and Director of Educational Outreach, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.  2004-2006.
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